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Who are the twelve sheep in the dream vision of Enoch?
In the parable, humans are compared to “beasts of the field and birds.” As an aside, this parable helps us to understand the Genesis 3:1 statement which says that Satan, the serpent, was more subtil than any beast of the field.
The text of Chapter 89 presents a challenge as we need to translate the parable into meaning. However, the sheep refer to Israel and shepherd to their leaders.
Keys to understanding the Book of Enoch 89
– verse 10 – races.
– verse 10- eagles – the Romans. They even carry the insignia (Matthew 24: 15 – 24
– verse 10 – white bull – Abraham.
– verse 11 – wild ass – Ishmael.
– verse 11 – Isaac – white bull.
– verse 12 – black wild boar – Esau.
– verse 12 – white sheep – Jacob.
– verse 12 – twelve white sheep – 12 sons of Jacob.
– verse 13 – eleven of Jacob’s sons sold Joseph to the wild asses or Ishmaelites (Genesis 37:28).
– verse 13 – wolves – the Egyptians.
Read the previous chapter titled The Flood And Noah’s Deliverance.
Book of Enoch Chapter 89: 10 – 27
From the Death of Noah to the Exodus.
10. And they began to bring forth beasts of the field and birds, so that there arose different genera:
lions, tigers, wolves, dogs, hyenas, wild boars, foxes, squirrels, swine, falcons, vultures, kites, eagles, and ravens;
and among them was born a white bull.
11. And they began to bite one another; but that white bull which was born amongst them begat a wild ass and a white bull with it, and the wild asses multiplied.
12. But that bull which was born from him begat a black wild boar and a white sheep; and the former begat many boars, but that sheep begat twelve sheep.
14. And the Lord brought the eleven sheep to live with it and to pasture with it among the wolves: and they multiplied and became many flocks of sheep.
15. And the wolves began to fear them, and they oppressed them until they destroyed their little ones, and they cast their young into a river of much water:
but those sheep began to cry aloud on account of their little ones, and to complain unto their Lord.
16. And a sheep which had been saved from the wolves fled and escaped to the wild asses; and I saw the sheep how they lamented and cried, and besought their Lord with all their might,
till that Lord of the sheep descended at the voice of the sheep from a lofty abode, and came to them and pastured them.
17. And He called that sheep which had escaped the wolves, and spake with it concerning the wolves that it should admonish them not to touch the sheep.
18. And the sheep went to the wolves according to the word of the Lord, and another sheep met it and went with it,
and the two went and entered together into the assembly of those wolves, and spake with them and admonished them not to touch the sheep from henceforth.
19. And thereupon I saw the wolves, and how they oppressed the sheep exceedingly with all their power; and the sheep cried aloud.
21. And I saw the sheep till they departed from amongst the wolves; but the eyes of the wolves were blinded, and those wolves departed in pursuit of the sheep with all their power.
22. And the Lord of the sheep went with them, as their leader, and all His sheep followed Him: and his face was dazzling and glorious and terrible to behold.
23. But the wolves began to pursue those sheep till they reached a sea of water.
24. And that sea was divided, and the water stood on this side and on that before their face, and their Lord led them and placed Himself between them and the wolves.
25. And as those wolves did not yet see the sheep, they proceeded into the midst of that sea, and the wolves followed the sheep, and [those wolves] ran after them into that sea.
26. And when they saw the Lord of the sheep, they turned to flee before His face, but that sea gathered itself together, and became as it had been created, and the water swelled and rose till it covered those wolves.
27. And I saw till all the wolves who pursued those sheep perished and were drowned.
Book of Enoch Chapter 89: 28-40.
Israel in the Desert, the Giving of the Law, the Entrance into Palestine.
28. But the sheep escaped from that water and went forth into a wilderness, where there was no water and no grass; and they began to open their eyes and to see;
and I saw the Lord of the sheep pasturing them and giving them water and grass, and that sheep going and leading them.
29. And that sheep ascended to the summit of that lofty rock, and the Lord of the sheep sent it to them.
30. And after that I saw the Lord of the sheep who stood before them, and His appearance was great and terrible and majestic, and all those sheep saw Him and were afraid before His face.
31. And they all feared and trembled because of Him, and they cried to that sheep with them [which was amongst them]:
“We are not able to stand before our Lord or to behold Him.”
32. And that sheep which led them again ascended to the summit of that rock, but the sheep began to be blinded and to wander from the way which he had showed them, but that sheep wot not thereof.
33. And the Lord of the sheep was wrathful exceedingly against them, and that sheep discovered it, and went down from the summit of the rock, and came to the sheep, and found the greatest part of them blinded and fallen away.
34. And when they saw it they feared and trembled at its presence, and desired to return to their folds.
35. And that sheep took other sheep with it, and came to those sheep which had fallen away, and began to slay them;
and the sheep feared its presence, and thus that sheep brought back those sheep that had fallen away, and they returned to their folds.
36. And I saw in this vision till that sheep became a man and built a house for the Lord of the sheep, and placed all the sheep in that house.
37. And I saw till this sheep which had met that sheep which led them fell asleep:
and I saw till all the great sheep perished and little ones arose in their place, and they came to a pasture, and approached a stream of water.
38. Then that sheep, their leader which had become a man, withdrew from them and fell asleep, and all the sheep sought it and cried over it with a great crying.
39. And I saw till they left off crying for that sheep and crossed that stream of water,
and there arose the two sheep as leaders in the place of those which had led them and fallen asleep (lit. “had fallen asleep and led them”).
40. And I saw till the sheep came to a goodly place, and a pleasant and glorious land, and I saw till those sheep were satisfied; and that house stood amongst them in the pleasant land.